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Available from October 2021 ‚Ė∑ If you are traveling this summer 2021 and do not want to miss your adventure in Torres del Paine contact us to know all the available circuits.

W Trek Express

Discover the most important Patagonia trek in 4 days

4 days
From
$505
4.5 (12 reviews)
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W Trek Express tour information

location_onPuerto Natales
timer 4 days
chat Spanish / English

Starts

Puerto Natales (Bus transfer to Torres del Paine at 6:30 am)

Ends

Puerto Natales (Bus transfer from Sector Paine Grande at 6:30 pm)

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Do you have limited time in Torres el Paine but do not want to miss the opportunity to walk the W Circuit? Keep reading ;)

This version of the W route is designed for travelers with less time to trek in Torres del Paine. The main difference is that on the first day you will start walking to the Base of the Towers lookout point. During the 4 day tour, you will enjoy one of the most impressive treks in all of South America, in which you will be able to delight in the majestic landscapes of Chilean Patagonia. This option is self-guided, so you will walk on your own along the perfectly defined trails and stay in different areas along the famous W.

The tour includes everything you need to enjoy this experience (transfers, accommodation, food, access...) you just have to decide if you want to stay at the campsite or refugio. The most important areas you will visit during this trek are Base Torres, Los Cuernos, Valle Francés, and the Mirador Glaciar Grey. In these areas, you will enjoy colossal mountains, deep blue glaciers and beautiful forests that seem to be taken from a fairy tale.

Find out what these days will be like next:

Tour itinerary

todayDAY 1 Puerto Natales - Mirador Base Torres (viewpoint)

Difficulty: High - 19,5 Km (8 - 10 hours) Initial altitude: 120 masl Maximum altitude: 870 masl Accommodation: Sector Central
Torres del Paine Welcome Pack The day before the start of the trek in Torres del Paine, you must pick up your welcome kit and all your tickets and permits in our office. Also, a few days before the start of your adventure, we will send you an email with all the technical information you need to prepare your trip to Torres del Paine. You will leave from Puerto Natales at 06:30 a.m. with the bus that will take us to Torres del Paine National Park. That same day, begins the trek to the Mirador Base Torres. You will cross the Ascensio Valley until you reach a glacial moraine, that part of the road is made of stones and with a slope that will take you to the Torres Base Viewpoint. The descent is by the same route to the Central Sector, where you will have dinner and spend the night.
Castle Torres del Paine

todayDAY 2 Trekking Sector Francés

Difficulty: Moderate - 13,5KM (4,5 - 6,5 hours) Cumulative altitude: 200 m Accommodation: Sector Cuernos
Lago Nordenskjöld - Cerro Almirante Nieto - Cuernos del Paine Breakfast is served between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. every day. When you finish your breakfast you can pick up your lunch-box which you can enjoy whenever you want. You will surround the Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill and Cuernos del Paine, walking about 13.5 km and you will enjoy the views of these emblematic places such as hanging glaciers and spectacular lakes. Along the way, you will marvel at the unique vegetation and animals that this trek offers. When you arrive at the French Sector, you will find yourself in one of the most welcoming refuges of the route and in our opinion, with the best food!
Mountains reflected in the lake in Torres del Paine

todayDAY 3 Trekking Sector Cuernos/Francés

Difficulty: High - 17,5 Km (7 - 9 hours) Initial altitude: 120 masl Maximum altitude: 762 masl Accommodation: Sector Cuernos
Route to Camp Italiano The day starts with a gentle walk to the Italian camp. We will be able to admire the landscapes offered by the forests of the French River Valley, walking approximately 2 km. The trek to the French viewpoint, where the impressive views of the emblematic mountains Paine Grande, Cathedral, Leaf, Mask, Sword, Shark Fin and North Horn will leave you speechless. British viewpoint At this point you decide. If you have started the route early and have the strength, you can continue to the British lookout point. This road is especially difficult because of the slope, but the wonderful views it offers make it worthwhile. Once we have enjoyed the incredible landscape, we will return to the French Sector by the same route spending the night in the French Sector.
Los Cuernos W Trek Express

todayDAY 4 Trekking to sector Glaciar Grey - Navigation Lago Pehoé and return to Puerto Natales

Difficulty: High - 19 Km (6 - 8 hours) Initial altitude: 43 masl Maximum altitude: 313 masl
Lago Grey viewpoint The last day, you will border the Cerro Paine Grande, being this point the highest of the Massif (3,050 m) and enjoying again the spectacular hanging glaciers. You will pass through Nirres, Coig√ľes and Notros to reach the first viewpoint of Lake Grey where we will have one of the best views of this tour, the incredible Glacier Grey. After enjoying such magnificent views, we will return to the Paine Grande Sector to board the catamaran at 6:30 p.m., which will take us to Pudeto. With the bus, you will arrive at Puerto Natales at about 09:30 p.m., thus ending this incredible adventure.
Frozen lake Puerto Natales

Tour details

Included

  • Entrance ticket to the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Bus transfer to and from Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine (round trip)
  • Catamaran Transfer from Paine Grande (across the lake Peho√©)
  • Accommodation 3 nights in Camping or Refugio
  • All meals included (Breakfast - Lunch Box - Dinner)
  • Trekking Mirador Base Torres
  • Trekking Sector Frances
  • Trekking Valle Frances
  • Trekking Glaciar Grey
*The camping includes a tent, sleeping bag, mattress and rain cover. All this will be ready when you arrive at the campsite and you will not have to carry it during the trekking.

Not included

  • Bilingual professional guide
  • Other meals

error_outlineImportant information


In order to access the Torres del Paine National Park it will be mandatory to present the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. Request yours at https://www.c19.cl/. This documentation is nominative and not transferable.

The order of the visits could be altered, but it will not affect the content of the program. The schedules of the tickets and transports could be subject to modifications.
SAFE ADVENTURE ‚Äď Covid 19
This activity includes the appropriate protection measures to ensure your safety. In addition, our excursions are outdoor and in small groups to reduce the risk of contagion. Remember to follow the instructions of the staff during the development of the excursion.

restoreCancellation policy


Free cancellation! If you cancel 31 days before the start of the tour, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. Up to 15 days before the tour starts you can modify de starting date within the same season at no cost. After this time, no refunds will be given. In some cases, free date changes will be offered until April 2023. The cases to qualify for the change of dates are the following: 1- In the event of a situation of COVID19 re-emerging in Chile or the traveler's country of origin that implies the closure of borders, total quarantine, or cancellation of land and/or air transfers. 2- In the event of contagion of the traveler (presenting a medical certificate that proves it) If you do not request a change of dates or not show up at the beginning of the tour, no refunds or rescheduling will be made. Bookings are nominative and non-transferable

What to bring to W Trek Express

The weather in Torres del Paine is cold in the season from April to September, since this is the time of winter in the southern hemisphere. We recommend you to bring:
  • Passport
  • Immigration form (foreign travelers not resident in Chile)
  • Sanitary Passport (https://www.c19.cl)
  • Hygienic mask (obligatory use in closed areas; transport; toilets and viewpoints)
  • Hat or cap
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Cash (USD) since the area does not allow card payments and there are no exchange offices / ATMs
  • Warm clothes
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses

Where does the tour W Trek Express start

The W Trek Express tour starts in the city of Puerto Natales. If you are traveling from Santiago de Chile the best option is to take a flight to Punta Arenas. And from Punta Arenas take a bus to Puerto Natales (3:15 hours). If you are traveling from El Calafate (Argentina), there are buses that connect directly to Puerto Natales in a 5 hour trip. Check out the requirements for entry into Chile at: https://chile.travel/planviajarachile.

W Trek Express tour reviews with Howlanders

4.5
Overall rating
Transportation
4.6
Accommodation
4.3
Advice
4.6
Guide
4.4
Quality-price ratio
4.4
Vinicius Chimello · March 25, 2020
It was one of the greatest experiences I've ever had. The landscape is awesome and you get wow moments non-stop. The organisation from the Fantastico Sur team is really good. We got a great explanation of the track, a welcome kit and some nice tips. The "refugios" where you stay have a good infrastructure and are worm and welcoming. Generally you get hot water for baths until 10pm. The only thing I noticed is that those times they tell you for each trekk is just a bit insane to keep up. You need to really be in a fit shape or be a medium experinced trekker to make it. But nontheless it is really worth it.

Casey Bennett · March 16, 2020
The trek was absolutely stunning. The guide company had everything in order from the second we got there. The only thing I would say they could improve on are the box lunches but other than that the food was excellent

Evangelos Michelinakis · March 5, 2020
The W fast trek was awesome. Due to time limitations we missed the briefing the day before. Some info from briefing could be included in the toolkit we received because we were completely lost with info at the beginning. In overall the trek was amazing and the services very good. I would surely recommend the package to others despite being overpriced.

Gabriel Marois · February 16, 2020
Trek is awsome, lunch box are great except for the sandwiches... Bring some snacks, cafeteria staff at paine central are not professional, poor service. Camping was great in paine central and cuernos. Overall : great experience and bring hiking poles.

Questions & Answers

What COVID-19 sanitary measures are mandatory in Torres del Paine?
During your stay in Torres del Paine, the use of masks in closed areas, transport, toilets and viewpoints will be mandatory. On the trails, the use of a mask is not obligatory as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other travelers.

The number of travelers per group cannot exceed 25 people. And it is recommended to avoid touching handrails and signs throughout the Park.

Do I have to wear the mask while doing the W Circuit?
The use of masks will not be mandatory while hiking the trails of Torres del Paine National Park as long as you can maintain a safe distance from other travelers. It is also recommended to avoid touching handrails and signs throughout the Park.

What documents do I need to bring to access Torres del Paine National Park?
To enter Torres del Paine National Park you must present your valid passport, the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. You can request yours at https://www.c19.cl/. You must also present the tickets and all the documentation that will be given to you the day before at the Puerto Natales office.

In addition, if you are a foreign traveler not resident in Chile, you must present the migratory card that you are given when you enter Chile.

To make a reservation as a Chilean or foreigner resident in Chile, what documentation do I have to present?
In order to make a reservation as a Chilean or foreigner resident in Chile it is mandatory to present a valid passport that proves nationality or residence. This documentation is nominative and not transferable. If this documentation is not presented, it will be necessary to pay the difference in price with the rate for foreign travelers not resident in Chile.

Also, remember that to enter Torres del Paine National Park you must present your valid passport, the negative PCR and the Sanitary Passport. You can request yours at https://www.c19.cl/.

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